thought police!

You’re Saying Rugby Fans Can’t Call Gareth Thomas a Faggot Anymore?

Britain’s Rugby Football League fined the Castleford Tigers £40,000, for fan misconduct and breaching the league’s “respect” policy, for homophobic taunts aimed at Gareth Thomas during a March game against his Crusaders.

The team was fined “for failing to take steps to stop the homophobic chanting, for failing to identify the perpetrators, for failing to challenge the chanting and for their failure to undertake a meaningful inquiry afterward,” a league tribunal ruled. Thomas applauded the decision. The team’s chief executive Richard Wright, who is considered an appeal, offered, “To say we are disappointed and shocked is an understatement. We totally refute the outcome of the hearing.”

I would too if somebody called my team a bunch of bigot lovers and made me pay for it. Apparently not on the table of options for the Tigers: Apologizing for stupid fans and promising to do whatever it takes to rid the sport of homophobia. But hey, I’m not managing their books.